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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-18-2017, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe I should have stayed home today. I need a new windshield

It was even nicer today than yesterday...right up to the moment the Turkey flew out of the bushes in front of me. Smacked right into the windshield shattering it so I have to buy a new one now but at least I didn't get hurt or crash, it was a small Turkey maybe a couple pounds max.

It happened so fast that it was over and done with before I knew I was happening. All I remember is a loud BANG! Funny thing is you'd think I'd be rattled but didn't faze me at all. Either I'm get better at dealing with this kind of crap OR am so far 'round the bend I don't even know what's going on, more likely.

Think I'll buy a "Dash Cam" and mount it on the bike, bound to get so strange shots sooner or latter.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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It was even nicer today than yesterday...right up to the moment the Turkey flew out of the bushes in front of me. Smacked right into the windshield shattering it so I have to buy a new one now but at least I didn't get hurt or crash, it was a small Turkey maybe a couple pounds max.

It happened so fast that it was over and done with before I knew I was happening. All I remember is a loud BANG! Funny thing is you'd think I'd be rattled but didn't faze me at all. Either I'm get better at dealing with this kind of crap OR am so far 'round the bend I don't even know what's going on, more likely.

Think I'll buy a "Dash Cam" and mount it on the bike, bound to get so strange shots sooner or latter.
Glad you made it through unscathed. BTW I've got a couple Gen 2 windshields for sale if you are interested...


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it was a small Turkey maybe a couple pounds max.
Couple pounds, eh? Too bad...not much of a meal there. But definitely better than being hit by a turkey driving an SUV, applying lipstick and talking on her cell phone. So you got that going for you....
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My turkey encounter yesterday wasn't nearly as dramatic..........I saw them coming (three very large ones) and hit the brakes and horn (WOLO) at the same time and they took off. They never got within 20' of me. Sorry to hear yours was worse.
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Had a 'turkey vulture' fly out of bushes beside the road, crossing about windshield height JUST in front of me, a few years back near the Ray Mine in AZ.

Scared the CRAP outta me!

BIG buggar.

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Had a 'turkey vulture' fly out of bushes beside the road, crossing about windshield height JUST in front of me, a few years back near the Ray Mine in AZ.

Scared the CRAP outta me!

BIG buggar.
Same here, I was doing 80KM/HR, luckily hit my right mirror on the 07, still the original, something like what Weljo has now, except I needed to get the tools out and try and tighten it my mirror, then took it apart at home, shortly after got rid of the mirrors.
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Ed, you really don't want to hit one of those TV's (turkey vulture). Damage aside, the smell is atrocious and you won't get back in the house very soon.

As for wild turkeys; I've had close encounters with them a few times and it is frightening. The worst was the first time; riding along the road, clear view ahead and suddenly a massive bird launches out of the trees on the right and flies across my path right at chest height and narrowly misses taking me out.

Oh yeah- toes curled in boots, sudden sphincter awareness moment. The adrenalin rush follows and I think 'what if ...'?
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I was lucky in this one was small bird, there's a farm near by and it could have been a runaway young one, PLUS I was just chugging along at maybe 30-35. Didn't even knock the windshield all the way off just broke one side where it mounts and cracked the other. I put the factory shield back on and will think about what I want to do as far as a taller one goes later.

BUT it was more than enough to get MY attention.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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Many years ago, a fat pigeon flew in front of me and I hit it with the top of my helmet. Everything got dark and I saw stars, but I just kept riding until it passed (it was a straight, flat road). Another memorable moment in my motorcycling career. Congrats on getting through your incident safely!
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Nothing as dramatic here but the incidents were a little unsettling nonetheless. Many, many years ago ('58 Harley flathead Sportster and open face helmet days) I was struck on the cheek just to the left of my nose by a three pound June Bug apparently made entirely of depleted uranium. Ouch! I still have the scar.

Some years later (Norton Commando Interstate and a Bell Star full face helmet), an unoffending wasp out on an afternoon's training flight flew up under the helmet chin bar and directly into my beard where it became really upset and wasted no time letting me know about it. Double ouch. Not looking forward to encountering anything larger no matter how much longer I ride.

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